"I was disappointed in our defensive effort. We’re going to have to learn to guard people if we’re going to play good teams when it comes playoff time. We can’t give up that many points. We just didn’t challenge them all that much on the defensive end.”
Ada climbed back into the game with an impressive 13-4 run that knotted the score at 30-30 via a Whitworth 3-pointer at the 2:26 mark of the second period. Seminole would lead 32-31 at halftime.
The biggest bright spot for Ada was Henderson’s play at point guard.
“Jamal had a great game tonight. He took some leadership at the point guard, which I was hoping he would do,” Anderson said. “If he continues to play that way and we take care of business on the other end, I think we’ll be OK.”
Kilby added 15 points and six rebounds before fouling out, while Forbes contributed 12 points and eight rebounds.
Freeman scored 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the visitors while White ended with nine points, including a 5-for-7 effort from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.
Ada 40, Seminole 19
The Ada girls hit just three of their first 13 field goals and found themselves very much still in a dogfight when Danielle Lee hit a 3-pointer for Seminole to start the second quarter and knot the score at 8-8.
“I thought we were really lethargic but turned it on when we needed to,” said Ada head coach Christie Jennings.
Ada immediately turned it on, especially on the defensive end. After Lee’s triple to start the second quarter, the Lady Chieftains wouldn’t score again until Lee hit another 3-pointer with just under six minutes left in the third period. By that time, Ada had reeled off 19 unanswered points and led 27-8 after a fast-break bucket by Markeisha Black.